Palestinian killed in West Bank as report decries excessive force

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli security forces killed a Palestinian man suspected of planning to carry out a terror attack in the West Bank, as a new report accused Israeli soldiers of using excessive force against Palestinians.

The wanted Palestinian man, 22, was killed early Thursday, after he barricaded himself in his West Bank home in a town near Ramallah. His home was surrounded by Israeli police and soldiers.

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“Early today a terrorist resisted arrest in Bir Zeit, forcing IDF soldiers to open fire. Forces found the suspect dead in his home w/ a rifle,” the IDF Spokesperson’s officer said in a tweet.

Reuters reported that the man was a member of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and had helped plan and carry out several attacks in the West Bank.

Also on Thursday, Amnesty International released an 87-page report which concludes that Israeli forces are using excessive force against Palestinians in the West Bank over the past three years, leading to the deaths of dozens of Palestinian citizens.

The report, “Trigger-happy: Israel’s use of excessive force in the West Bank,” examined what it said were human rights abuses against Palestinians in the West Bank, by soldiers acting with “near total impunity.”

It called for an independent evaluation of the deaths of 45 Palestinian civilians killed in the West Bank in the past three years.

Many of the killings occurred during Palestinian protests.

“The report presents a body of evidence that shows a harrowing pattern of unlawful killings and unwarranted injuries of Palestinian civilians by Israeli forces in the West Bank,” said Philip Luther, Middle East and North Africa Director at Amnesty International. “The frequency and persistence of arbitrary and abusive force against peaceful protesters in the West Bank by Israeli soldiers and police officers – and the impunity enjoyed by perpetrators – suggests that it is carried out as a matter of policy.”

The Israel Defense Forces rejected the findings of the report, saying there has been a rise in Palestinian violence in the West Bank in recent years.

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